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Debunking rose-tinted Old West

Published on Jun 11, 2014 11:50 AM

When he hosted the Oscars last year, he did a whole song-and-dance number about looking at famous actresses' boobs. This, coupled with the fact that his most famous screen creation is a womanising teddy bear, means that Seth MacFarlane's feminist credentials are not exactly sound.

But in the 40-year-old's latest project, A Million Ways To Die In The West, it is a woman - the gun-slinging, straight-talking Anna, played by Charlize Theron - who saves the day and effectively rescues the wimpy male protagonist Albert, played by MacFarlane himself.

At a press day for the film in Los Angeles last month, the comedic powerhouse behind the hit movie Ted (2012) and the hugely successful adult-themed cartoon series Family Guy tells Life! that Anna is probably one of the strongest female characters he has created to date.

"We didn't really set out to write a strong female character so much as a strong character, period," says MacFarlane, who also produced the film.

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